Mathis says farewell

Jay Mathis was honored last week by friends and colleagues as he approaches the end of his tenure as superintendent of schools here in the Eldora-New Providence district. He leaves to return to his boyhood hometown where he will be the super- intendent of schools in Waukon.

It is not surprising that the key recollections in Jay Mathis’ six- year tenure at the E-NP/South Hardin Schools are financial ones.

Finance is more than part and parcel of secondary education these days, and Mathis who is leaving for the superintendent job in Waukon says that when the district notched approval of its physical plant and equipment levy back in his early days here, it made possible a whole host of improvements to the buildings and grounds and stock of equipment inside and out.

It proved a key vote. It was not a huge tax asking, $1.34 per thousand dollars of voter-approved “taxable” property value (about half the market value), and another 33 cents per thousand approved by the board of education.

But the $1.67 tax asking went a long ways.

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